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Hurdles are popular field event in which both men and women participate. The rules for all hurdle events of all distances are the same.

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Hurdles are popular field event in which both men and women participate.
  • The rules for all hurdle events of all distances are the same. Hurdle races are track & field events where the racers have to jump and clear hurdles set at intermediate points around the race track.
  • The jump is done as part of the sprint motion, with one leg stretched out in front and the trailing leg bent behind the racer.
  • There are sprint hurdle races and long hurdle races.
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The standard sprint hurdle race is 110 meters for men and 100 meters for women. The standard long hurdle race is 400 meters for both men and women.
  • Each of these races is usually run over ten hurdles. The International Association of Athletics Federations is the worldwide governing body for track and field events including hurdles.
  • Associations at the national, state and local level generally follow IAAF rules, though there may be some marginal variations.
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In the 110 meter event, the hurdles are1.067 meters high. The first hurdle is set 13.72 meters from the starting line.
  • There are 9.14 meters between two hurdles and 14.02 meters from the final hurdle to the finish line.
  • In the 100 meter event, the hurdles measure .84 meters in height. The first hurdle is set 13 meters from the starting line.
  • There are 8.5 meters between hurdles and 10.5 meters from the final hurdle to the finish line.
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In the 400 men race the hurdles are .914 meters tall. The first hurdle is set 45 meters from the starting line.
  • There are 35 meters between hurdles and 40 meters from the final hurdle to the finish line.
  • The hurdle placement in the 400 meter women’s race is the same as the men’s 400 meters except that the hurdles are .762 meters high.
  • There are however some variations on hurdle height and spacing of hurdles depending on the age groups of the contestants.
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Hurdle races usually have eight contestants in the final. Each hurdle event may entail two or three preliminary rounds before the final – depending on the number of entrants.
  • Runners in all hurdle events begin in starting blocks and wait to hear announcements, “On your marks,” and then, “Set.”
  • When the “Set” call is announced, the contestants must have both their hands and at least one knee touching the ground and both feet in the starting blocks.
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The participants are allowed only one false start and are disqualified if there be a second.
  • As in all other athletic races, the hurdle race ends when a runner’s torso crosses the winning line.
  • Interestingly, contestants are not disqualified for accidentally knocking a hurdle over - though it may be viewed seriously if the hurdle is knocked down willfully.
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Again, racers can be disqualified for omitting to jump a hurdle or trailing a foot or leg below the horizontal plane of the top of any hurdle while clearing it.
  • Hurdlers who wish to successfully compete in hurdle races will require the speed of a sprinter as well as the technical skills to clear the hurdles.
  • Runners typically take seven to eight strides before hurdle one, then use a three-stride pattern for the rest.
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Hurdles are also one of the Athletic Equipments and in all levels of hurdle race competitions, hurdlers are required to clear each of the hurdles.
  • A hurdler who circumvents a hurdle or avoids jumping a hurdle is automatically disqualified.
  • Runners who trail a leg or foot below the horizontal plane of the hurdle's top at the moment of clearance also are similarly disqualified.
  • The rules also require hurdlers to stay in their own lane throughout the race.
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